Donald Trump knew Michael Flynn misled officials on Russian Federation calls for 'weeks'

Tricia Pearson
February 15, 2017

It also begs more serious questions about what President Trump knew and when.

Yates also reportedly was concerned that Flynn could have violated the Logan Act of 1799, a rarely used law that bars unauthorized USA citizens from negotiating with foreign governments.

"There's something wrong going on here in the intelligence community", said Kucinich, who urged Trump to take control, and find out where the information is coming from so he and the American people will know the truth.

"I have sincerely apologized to the President and the Vice President, and they have accepted my apology", Flynn wrote.

"They did not discuss anything having to do with the United States' decision to expel diplomats or impose censure against Russia", Pence told CBS News.

In his resignation letter, Flynn, a retired Army lieutenant general, said "the fast pace of events" was to blame for his inadvertently briefing Pence and others with "incomplete information regarding my phone calls with the Russian Ambassador".

Spicer told reporters at the news briefing that the issue wasn't whether Russian sanctions were discussed.

Flynn resigned late Monday night, following reports that he had misled Vice President Mike Pence and other officials about his contacts with Russian Federation. Miller responded by saying he was not the appropriate official to ask. In an interview with ABC in July, Trump did not back away from a suggestion he had made earlier to recognize Russia's claim on Crimea, CNN reported. Flynn bowed out after days of mixed messages from the White House and almost one month after former acting attorney general Sally Yates expressed concern about the nature of his communications, according to the Washington Post.

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Relying on Flynn's assurances, Vice President Mike Pence had appeared on TV to defend Flynn over the conversations he had had with the Russian Ambassador.

Bennet, a Democrat, has joined with fellow party members in calling for a new investigation into Flynn's conversation - and who in the nascent administration knew about it.

Sally Yates, the then-acting U.S. attorney general, told the White House late last month she believed Mr Flynn had misled them about the nature of his communications with the Russian ambassador, current and former USA officials told the Washington Post on Monday.

"I don't have any answers today", Miller said in response to questions about whether Flynn misled the vice president.

From that call and subsequent intercepts, Federal Bureau of Investigation agents wrote a secret report summarizing Flynn's discussions with Kislyak.

On Tuesday morning, Flores explained to National Public Radio he thought Flynn's actions were "inappropriate". Kosachev said on Facebook that removing a national security adviser for his contacts with Russian Federation is "not just paranoia but something even worse".

"Either Trump has not gained the requisite independence, and he is gradually being backed into a corner, or Russophobia has already infected the new administration also from top to bottom". As Russian senator Alexei Pushkov commented later, it was the USA relationship with Russia that became the "target". However, House Oversight Committee chair, Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah), who aggressively pursued investigations into Clinton's emails, has so far ignored requests from Democrats to investigate Flynn's ties to Russian Federation. Joining her are other senior directors, the source said.

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